Baker Tilly is an independent firm of accountants and business advisers, with more than 1,600 people and over 250 partners generating an annual fee income of £182 million - this places them as one of the UK’s leading mid-tier accountancy firms.
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Baker Tilly is an independent firm of accountants and business advisers, with more than 1,600 people and over 250 partners generating an annual fee income of £182 million - this places them as one of the UK’s leading mid-tier accountancy firms. The firm has a strong regional office network with major offices in all key cities throughout the UK, which enables it to provide a consistent national service through client teams focused on their clients' needs and demonstrates their commitment to local market places.
Baker Tilly is represented internationally through their membership of Baker Tilly International – the 8th largest international alliance of accountancy firms. The headquarters of Baker Tilly International is based in the firm’s Farringdon Street office in London.
The firm traces its origins back to 1870 to the firm of Walter Howard. Since then the firm has grown from strength to strength. Transitional, historical name changes and mergers with many different firms have brought us to where they are today, arriving at Baker Tilly in 1988, which was the merger between Howard Tilly and Baker Rooke.
Baker Tilly’s client base is made up of fast growing entrepreneurial businesses, owner managed and family owned companies, as well as international and listed companies. Their client companies range from high growth ventures to multi-national group organisations.
Baker Tilly aims to be different from the competition by focusing on supporting their clients with the support and commitment they need and they provide many of the services needed for established businesses looking for continued or accelerated growth, including:
• audit and assurance
• accountancy and business advisory services
• corporate finance
• restructuring and recovery
• e-business consultancy
• forensic services
• growth advice
• IT advisory
• management consultancy
• strategic planning
Baker Tilly accepts graduate applications almost year round, though with only 50 or so vacancies available competition is fierce. The firm has a structured training programme in place so you can work at the firm and earn a salary while studying for the ACA or the CA, as well as more specialised qualifications such as the AAT, the CTA, the JIEB and the CPI. Before applying to Baker Tilly, you’ll have to decide which route is right for you.
The application process starts off with an online form that can be found on the Baker Tilly website. It is a straightforward form that asks about personal information as well as academic achievements. To be employed at Baker Tilly you will have to have at least a C in five GCSEs (at least a B in Maths and English Language), at least 280 UCAS points from your top 3 grades and have, or expect to be awarded, a 2.1 degree. However, if you don’t quite make the grade, you might still be in with a shout. If there are extenuating circumstances you may submit a letter along with your online application explaining your situation, and the firm will take this into consideration. The form is not timed and can be saved and completed over several sessions so make sure you take time to fill it out carefully and avoid poor grammar and spelling errors.
If Baker Tilly is impressed with your initial form, you will then be asked to complete online verbal and numerical SHL tests. The verbal test takes 18 minutes while the numerical test lasts 24.
Assuming you pass the online tests, you’ll be invited to an assessment day, which involves a variety of elements, the first being written verbal and numerical reasoning tests. These are then followed by a group exercise where you will be put into a small group and given a case study to discuss. In this exercise the firm is looking for people who can work well with others and who have leadership qualities, while also not overpowering the conversation.
After the group exercise you will move on to your first interview. Here expect the typical mix of questions about yourself as well as why you have chosen Baker Tilly. Past questions include, ‘Tell me about your degree and why you chose that subject’, ‘What do you like about accountancy?’ and ‘How has accountancy changed over the last 10 years?’
After lunch there’s a feedback session where you’ll find out if you’ve been invited to stay for the afternoon. If you are, then expect an office tour, a case study (given to you on the day) and a second interview.
The application process is long, but not as long as the Big Four firms. All in all, the firm is looking for the usual qualities – people who are bright, enthusiastic, focused, can build strong relationships with colleagues and clients and are committed to combining study with a full time career.
Baker Tilly Graduate Recruitment Info
Graduate Recruitment Team
No. of employees in the UK: 1,600
Annual graduate intake: 50
Audit and Assurance
Specialist Advisory Services (Corporate Finance,
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25 Farringdon Street
London EC4A 4AB
Tel: +44 (0)20 3201 8000
No. of UK offices: 28
Bury St Edmunds
Stoke on Trent